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Watson Pindell, longtime educator, at 84


Watson Farley Pindell, 84, who taught mathematics at Boys Latin School and was vice principal at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, died yesterday at Manor Care nursing home in Ruxton after an illness of 18 months.

A memorial service for Mr. Pindell, who later was president of Prince George's Community College for five years, will be held at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the chapel of the Bonnie Blink Masonic Home, 300 International Drive, Hunt Valley.

Mr. Pindell, of Cockeysville, is best remembered for his photographic memory that allowed him to learn the Bible "backward and forward," said Claude Burkert, the former principal of Poly, who worked with Mr. Pindell.

"He was excellent in dealing with discipline problems and in his ability to outtalk students," said Mr. Burkert. "He was also a fine Christian fellow."

Mr. Pindell was a star varsity football player as a student at Poly in 1925 and later at Johns Hopkins University.

He received a scholarship from Poly to study engineering at Hopkins and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1928. But he loved teaching and applied for a job as a mathematics and physics instructor at Boys Latin and Patterson Park High School.

Mr. Pindell received a master's degree in education from Loyola College and a doctorate in education from Columbia University Teachers College in the mid-1950s.

He was vice principal at Poly from September 1958 through June He then served as dean of the evening school at the Community College of Baltimore in 1965-1966. He was named president of Prince George's Community College in Largo in 1966.

"He was the finest Christian man I ever knew," Robert Bickford, the current president of the college, said today.

After Mr. Pindell's retirement from the college in 1971, he taught at Washington Bible College in Lanham, where he was a trustee emeritus. He also taught adult Bible classes at the Timonium Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mary B. Georgius Pindell; a son, Dr. Richard P. Pindell of Binghamton, N.Y.; a daughter, Gretchen P. Hoover of Baltimore; a sister, Rose Fried of Beverly, Mass.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Washington Bible College or Hunt Valley Presbyterian Church.

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